Have you ever found yourself swimming under a sea of paperwork, emails, and projects? Whether you work for another company in an office building or for yourself at home, it can be such a challenge trying to finish all of the mounting tasks you have each day. How can you finish anything if you can barely keep your head above water? Well, here are four ways you can start winning your day at the office.
1. Organize Your Work Space
Are you struggling to find that client’s phone number because it’s on one of the 50 sticky notes you have all over your desk and computer? Start to clean up your work space. It is amazing how your mind will think more clearly and positively when you organize and remove the clutter at your desk. There is no specific method that fits everyone for how to organize. Just get started and do something that makes sense for you. Maybe you need a filing cabinet, one notebook to record important contact information, or several small containers for you to group your papers, pens, and folders in. No matter what it is, start somewhere today.
2. Eat Your Frog
We all have that one task we keep putting off to the next day and the next day while we claim, “I’ll get to it tomorrow.” In the words of Mark Twain, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” This means you should start off your day actually working on and completing that one task you dread and procrastinate every single day. Just do it, and get it out of the way! You will be amazed how much smoother the rest of your day can go and how accomplished you can feel when that task is finished early on in the morning.
3. Focus on One Thing at a Time
Contrary to what a lot of individuals believe, we really cannot concentrate on more than one thing at a time. We can definitely attempt to do this, but in the end both tasks never truly receive the kind of attention and excellence they could have had. In my day job we started a new way of tracking our daily assignments by completing them one at a time and only starting something we actually had time to complete. This may not work in every scenario, but could there be ways to split up your activities into more individual pieces that you can focus on one at a time? Try it, and see if you end up finishing more of your work each day because you let your brain and body give everything it had to the task at hand.
4. Take Small Breaks throughout the Day
You may not be in an environment where you can go for a walk or step outside throughout the day, but it’s important to find several pockets of time and let your brain and body switch to something totally different. If you work at a computer all day long, go for a quick walk outside if you can. While you are walking let your senses take in the world around you. Look off into the distance as far as you can. Look up into the sky. Take deep breaths and smile! You are alive and living life! Conversely, if you are on your feet moving all day long, try to use your breaks to sit or even lay down when you can and take deep breaths, listen to music, read a good book, or just shut your eyes for a few minutes. The body was not meant to be on 100% of the time. Isn’t it funny at night how sleep almost forces us to stop doing physical/mental things every single day? Take time out for yourself each and every day.
Stay encouraged my friends!